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Visual keys for sponge species identification: an evaluation of the current Linnaeus II software
Díaz, M.C. (1996). Visual keys for sponge species identification: an evaluation of the current Linnaeus II software, in: Willenz, Ph. Recent advances in sponge biodiversity inventory and documentation: Proceedings of the 10th Workshop on Atlanto-Mediterranean Sponge Taxonomy, Brussels, April 25-30, 1995. Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen. Biologie = Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Biologie, 66(Suppl.): pp. 73-80
In: Willenz, Ph. (1996). Recent advances in sponge biodiversity inventory and documentation: Proceedings of the 10th Workshop on Atlanto-Mediterranean Sponge Taxonomy, Brussels, April 25-30, 1995. Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen. Biologie = Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Biologie, 66(Suppl.). Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Brussel, Belgium. 242 pp., more
In: Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen. Biologie = Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Biologie. Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Bruxelles. ISSN 0374-6429, more
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  • Díaz, M.C. (1996). Visual keys for sponge species identification: an evaluation of the current Linnaeus II software. Bull. K. Belg. Inst. Nat. Wet. 66(Suppl.): 73-80, more

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Keywords
    Sponges; Taxonomy; Marine

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  • Díaz, M.C.

Abstract
    The application of "IdentifyIt" from Linnaeus II to create a visual sponge identification guide is explored. A model for a field key using morphological characters with its various states represented graphically is developed. Taxonomic characters that can be easily and accurately represented and interpreted by an inexperienced user are chosen. These characters include shape, surface, oscule morphology and arrangement with a range of 3-15 character states each. A graphic representation of the skeletal characteristics and/or whole animal pictures, stored in the "Species card" mode of Linnaeus II, will allow further corroboration of the identification produced by the search from the "IdentifyIt" key. The graphic capabilities and limitations of the current Linnaeus II software to create and use a visual identification system are discussed.

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